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Extraordinary Boss as Truth Teller

Did you ever think it is better to tell just a little white lie rather than have someone be upset with you? We all have at one time or another. Then there is the opposite extreme where the truth is told in anger with judgment, blame and attack. Not pretty! What a gift... read more

Extraordinary Bosses as Mentors

Think about what it feels like when someone listens to you. I meanreally listens. They do not interrupt. They do not look like they are planning where to go to dinner or what they have to say to someone once you finally shut up. They are there with you. What a great... read more

Extraordinary Bosses as Explorers

“What if” is a great way to find the newest and best way to sell a product. “What if” is how the best and the brightest get things done in a unique way. Are you an explorer? Are you willing to stand at the edge of the cliff and find a way to get across that has never... read more

The Extraordinary Humor or Extraordinary Bosses

You know what a “groaner” is? It is what you do when someone in a meeting tells a very bad joke at a very inappropriate moment. Everyone rolls their eyes and it takes time to get back to the issue at hand. Did you ever wonder why the “clown” did not read the group and... read more

Extraordinary Bosses and Extraordinary Insight

Did you ever have a boss who was or is a bully? Someone who always tells you what you are doing wrong and blaming you when the situation has some thorns around the roses that prick and draw blood? These are not what I mean by extraordinary. They are, sadly, a dime a... read more

Extraordinary Bosses and Extraordinary Work Cultures

Who are the employees who drive most bosses crazy? They are … ta da…. The rebels. Rebels are those who always find something wrong at work and want to gather the troops to take their case to HR. And if HR does not respond, well, there is always a hungry lawyer lurking... read more

Extraordinary Bosses and Extraordinary Employees

Bosses who really take their craft to the highest levels are those whose beliefs and actions scream out “EXTRAORDINARY” day after day after day. It is one thing to believe in being a great boss, it is another to put those beliefs into action. During this week I will... read more

Change: The Only Game in Town

Erica works for a company that is always changing and it makes her crazy. “Why can’t things just stay the same? Why is there always something that has to be done differently? What is wrong with the way it is now? I want to do my job one way, every day. Instead,... read more

Time To Grow Up

Mike just had his performance review and while his boss said all the right words the translation was “GROW UP.” Mike is in his late 30’s and has two kids, a wife, mortgage and a sleek car. They go on several vacations a year. Mike buys everyone great gifts. He is good... read more

Overcome Barriers for Change

  The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” – Sir Roger Bannister. On May 6, 1954, approximately three thousand spectators gathered at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England, where winds up to twenty-five miles per... read more

How to Create Inclusion When Inspiring Change

Did you ever surprise someone with what you thought was a great gift only to get an icy stare and a raspy “thank you?” If you asked why there was upset, did you get a canned reply like “not upset, it’s really fine?” And did you ever... read more

How to Let Go of The Past to Free the Present

One of my coaching clients, Steve, recently got a much wanted promotion. He was so beyond excited he felt like he was walking on air, for, oh for about a week. Then he called and said “What did I do.” Actually he used much more colorful language than that.... read more

Business Alert

One of my coaching clients informed me his in-laws just moved in to live with them while the dad is recuperating from heart surgery. I asked how he was coping and his cryptic response was “I spend a way more lot of time at work. It’s calledsurvival!” That is what many... read more

How To Make a Healthy Change at Work

The only constant at work is change. So why do we spend so much energy clinging to doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. It’s a brain thing! Let me explain. We are all, and that means all of us, programmed for survival. That is our... read more

Sailing the 7 C’s of Leadership

We just experienced an incredible team meeting at an off-site at our retreat center, The Country Place. Participants are all achievers of excellence, so when I suggested that they would get a grade of “C” they became very argumentative. “Wait,... read more

Make Change that Leads to Something New

What happens when you get stuck in a rut? Think about it for a moment. There you are sitting in your car and the tires are mired in mud. First thing you do? Tell the truth now! First thing! Most people rev the engine. So, there you sit with the tires going round and... read more

Is Stress Hitting Your Hot Buttons?

The economic crisis, continuous extreme weather changes, and the threat of pandemics, gives a heightened definition to the words “stressed out.” In these roller coaster times it’s hard to take anything for granted. An ancient Chinese saying helps put... read more

Will You Stay, Suffer or Leave a Bully Boss?

Did you ever work for someone who points their finger at you like they want to poke out your eyes? Did you, or maybe YOU DO, work for someone who is always telling you what is not working and rarely acknowledges what is working? Have you ever reported to someone whose... read more

How Fast Will a Tree Grow?

Leaders will not transform in a single day. It takes time and effort and learning from mistakes. Why are we in so much of a hurry rushing to the finish line without the discipline of seeking excellence? Are we aware that we may be losing the race as leaders by trying... read more

Spread Your Wings and Make Change Happen

Leadership development is multi-layered and complicated. The flight of a butterfly is also complex, made up of a multitude of movements. What can we learn about entrepreneurship, sales, and running a company from a flitting creature that seems to be there mainly to... read more

When does a Boss Transform into a Leader?

Question: “How many managers does it take to become a leader?” Answer: “Only one, so long as the manager can give up subordinates to gain followers.” Here in lies the trap of management versus leadership. It really is easier to have people who work... read more

The 5 Telltale Signs of an Employee in Distress

When should you intervene in a work/personal issue or should you? How much should you ask about a team member’s personal problem? How can you find the balance of what to ask or not ask and what are the telltale signs to watch for? Have you ever watched a really good... read more
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